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Mimaki USA Adds Key Staff in Management, Sales, Marketing and Service Positions

Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced several appointments in management, sales, marketing and service positions. These appointments are a result of Mimaki Engineering’s overall strong sales growth of 29.8% in 2013 over 2012 , and will support expected continued growth in the wide-format printing market.
 
Ken VanHorn joins Mimaki USA as Director, Marketing and Business Development. In this newly-created position, Ken is responsible for marketing strategy and planning, marketing communications and promotional activities.
 
Ken comes to Mimaki USA from HP, where he was Category Manager, High Volume Industrial and Workflow responsible for lifecycle management of the industrial products portfolio. Before HP, Ken was a Product Marketing Manager for EFI, where he was in charge of developing the strategy for worldwide promotion of several product lines including the VUTEk grand format printers. He also served in progressive product management roles at Roland DGA and Encad.
 
Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from National University in San Diego and is a U.S. Navy veteran. He resides in the Atlanta area.
 
Paul McGovern has been promoted to Regional Sales Manager, Dallas Technology Center. In this position, Paul is responsible for developing sales and managing dealer relationships in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. He also manages the day-to-day operations of the Dallas Technology Center, showcasing a range of equipment from Mimaki for the various industries it serves.
Paul previously served as Manager, Sales Promotion, at Mimaki USA headquarters near Atlanta. Prior to that, he held progressive sales management and business development positions at Mimaki USA. He is considered a subject matter expert in inkjet technology and inkjet inks, having presented on the topics at various industry conferences. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and communication from the University of Miami. Paul is relocating to the Dallas area.

Vernon Jones will assume the responsibilities previously held by Paul. Vernon started his career with Mimaki USA in 2008 as an Application Engineer and quickly progressed to Supervisor, Sales Promotion. Vernon’s creative background and program management experience makes him ideally suited to lead this group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in photographic imaging from the Art Institute of Atlanta, and a degree in digital photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
 
Additional recent personnel appointments include:
• Bob Burkhardt, Remote Service Technician, Mimaki USA headquarters
• Charles Hughey, Remote Service Technician, Mimaki USA headquarters
• Tadashi Isaka, Service Business Manager, Mimaki USA headquarters
• Billy Lopez, Field Service Technician, Los Angeles Branch
• Fernando Ramos, Sales Representative, New Jersey Branch
• Shahab Shahami, Field Service Technician, Chicago Branch
• Larry Shaw, Field Service Technician, Dallas Branch
• Geoff Stone, Sales Representative, Los Angeles Branch
• Kent VanBriggle, Field Service Technician, Dallas Branch
• Leo Vasquez, Field Service Technician, Los Angeles Branch
 
About Mimaki USA
Mimaki is an innovator and a pioneer in the development of digital printing and cutting products worldwide. The company has engineered and manufactured a complete line of digital printers and cutters, and offers a total workflow solution for the many applications found in the Sign & Graphics, Textile & Apparel and Industrial markets. In 2014, Mimaki USA celebrates 15 years of serving customers in the Americas. It is an operating entity of Mimaki Engineering of Japan. For more information, email info@mimakiusa.com or visit www.mimakiusa.com.

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